If it's not sync'd to the video refresh it's going to be a very choppy, tear-ridden experience.
My head just exploded.
Indeed, that is true. Though I was referring more to the fact that while he was writing those books, the surveillance was already widely known to be happening in his present, not the future, and had been for some time.
It would be a bit like writing a science fiction novel today that involved a global social network or semi-robotic car assembly lines.
The NSA has been heavily monitoring Internet traffic since the 90s, and no one seemed to mind.
Perhaps it was predictive in the sense of people suddenly becoming outraged about it now.
Stick beneath the licence plate of a known boy-racer in your neighbourhood:
Look, the desktop is not dying in any way, shape or form.
The "problem", if it can be called that, is three-fold:
1. Desktop computers have been commonplace for over twenty years now, so practically everyone who wants one already has one.
2. The upgrade roundabout has slowed down massively: a ten-year-old PC ago is still sufficient for most of today's consumer tasks (despite Microsoft trying to change that with Windows 7/8). That certainly was not the case ten or even five years ago.
3. PDAs are outselling everything else at the moment for one reason. We are in an adoption phase for both tablets and smartphones. When everyone who wants one of these has one, the growth will level off and settle into a more stable replacement/upgrade cycle. The current adoption trend leads to an impressive growth curve that some dimwitted analysts have tried to extrapolate.
So while we're seeing slower adoption rates of desktop computers, that has nothing to do with people stopping actually using them.
Finally, a bit of sanity in the USB world. Take *that*, people on this forum who said it couldn't or shouldn't be done.
Now let's see if they can retain the only good quality of current connectors - the spring action that keeps them from falling out like other connectors (I'm looking at you, HDMI).
Perhaps for an encore, they can have the next version of the USB spec make HID events produce real IRQs, so we don't need to keep PS/2 hardware to generate PME events.
Well yes, there likely won't be any immediate severe effects, but what's it going to do to waterways and crops in the area?
Your right about the booster, etc. My prior car, that had no power assisted anything, was much easier to brake in the same situation.
My 1984 Toyota Corona had power-assisted brakes. I didn't appreciate how much I relied on the power, until one day I was being towed by rope and nearly slammed into the towing car when it braked - the brake pedal was much, much stiffer and less effective than when the engine was going. In the end I needed both legs to brake effectively.
It's very simple.
Chimpanzees absolutely cannot function in human society. When they become agitated, people around them lose hands and eyes. If they're lucky.
Of course, there are valid arguments for giving primates some kind of legal protections, but not human rights. This sort of silly nonsense only serves to paint animal welfare groups in a bad light.
The speed of light in a vacuum is c. Otherwise you are correct.
Look up cherenkov radiation for a cool example of particles exceeding the speed of light in the local medium.
I suspect when a lot of people here talk about network transparency, they are simply referring to the ability to launch a single program on one computer and have it display on another X server. I can still do that now. Without xpra it's slow as all hell on a low-bandwidth connection of course, but it works.
So while X itself may not be fully network transparent in the strict sense of the term, what matters is that applications using the X11 protocol can run on a given X server without caring whether it's local or remote.